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coun·ter·sign

 (koun′tər-sīn′)
tr.v. coun·ter·signed, coun·ter·sign·ing, coun·ter·signs
To sign (a previously signed document) to vouch for the authenticity of the document.
n.
1. A second or confirming signature on a previously signed document. Also called countersignature.
2.
a. A sign or signal to be given to a sentry in order to obtain passage; a password.
b. A secret sign or signal given in answer to another.

countersign

vb
(Law) (tr) to sign (a document already signed by another)
n
1. Also called: countersignature the signature so written
2. a secret sign given in response to another sign
3. (Military) chiefly military a password

coun•ter•sign

(ˈkaʊn tərˌsaɪn)

n.
1. a sign used in reply to another sign.
2. a secret sign or signal that must be given by authorized persons seeking admission into a guarded area.
3. a signature added to another signature, esp. for authentication.
v.t.
4. to sign (a document that has been signed by someone else), esp. in confirmation or authentication.
[1585–95; < Middle French contresigne < Italian contrasegno]
coun`ter•sig′na•ture (-ˈsɪg nə tʃər) n.

countersign

A secret challenge and its reply. See also challenge; password.

countersign


Past participle: countersigned
Gerund: countersigning

Imperative
countersign
countersign
Present
I countersign
you countersign
he/she/it countersigns
we countersign
you countersign
they countersign
Preterite
I countersigned
you countersigned
he/she/it countersigned
we countersigned
you countersigned
they countersigned
Present Continuous
I am countersigning
you are countersigning
he/she/it is countersigning
we are countersigning
you are countersigning
they are countersigning
Present Perfect
I have countersigned
you have countersigned
he/she/it has countersigned
we have countersigned
you have countersigned
they have countersigned
Past Continuous
I was countersigning
you were countersigning
he/she/it was countersigning
we were countersigning
you were countersigning
they were countersigning
Past Perfect
I had countersigned
you had countersigned
he/she/it had countersigned
we had countersigned
you had countersigned
they had countersigned
Future
I will countersign
you will countersign
he/she/it will countersign
we will countersign
you will countersign
they will countersign
Future Perfect
I will have countersigned
you will have countersigned
he/she/it will have countersigned
we will have countersigned
you will have countersigned
they will have countersigned
Future Continuous
I will be countersigning
you will be countersigning
he/she/it will be countersigning
we will be countersigning
you will be countersigning
they will be countersigning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been countersigning
you have been countersigning
he/she/it has been countersigning
we have been countersigning
you have been countersigning
they have been countersigning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been countersigning
you will have been countersigning
he/she/it will have been countersigning
we will have been countersigning
you will have been countersigning
they will have been countersigning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been countersigning
you had been countersigning
he/she/it had been countersigning
we had been countersigning
you had been countersigning
they had been countersigning
Conditional
I would countersign
you would countersign
he/she/it would countersign
we would countersign
you would countersign
they would countersign
Past Conditional
I would have countersigned
you would have countersigned
he/she/it would have countersigned
we would have countersigned
you would have countersigned
they would have countersigned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countersign - a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted groupcountersign - a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password"
arcanum, secret - information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking"
positive identification - evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance; "a system for positive identification can prevent the use of a single identity by several people"
2.countersign - a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed
signature - your name written in your own handwriting
Verb1.countersign - add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity; "You must countersign on this line of the contract"
sign - be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"
Translations

countersign

[ˈkaʊntəsaɪn]
A. N (Mil) → contraseña f
B. VTrefrendar

countersign

[ˈkaʊntərsaɪn] vt [+ document] → contresigner

countersign

[ˈkaʊntəˌsaɪn] vtcontrofirmare
References in classic literature ?
They spent a good deal of time, also, asleep in their accustomed corners, with their chairs tilted back against the walls; awaking, however, once or twice in the forenoon, to bore one another with the several thousandth repetition of old sea-stories and mouldy jokes, that had grown to be passwords and countersigns among them.
As a young man I was an evident failure, and so, having made the countersign, I was speedily transformed to my old self; and I must say that it was a most comfortable feeling, something like getting back again into an old coat or an old pair of shoes.
Their concluding words had evidently been some form of sign and countersign.